SHARP 2018

SHARP is coming to the southern hemisphere! We are very excited to share the news that the annual conference for the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing will be hosted by the Digital Humanities Research GroupSchool of Humanities and Communication Arts (SoHCA) at Western Sydney University, 26-29 June 2018.

Picture yourself here… (Photo credit: Willard McCarty)
…and here too. (Photo credit: iMedia)

To date, organizing committee members include:

  • Dr Jason Ensor (Convener and Chair, SoHCA, Western Sydney University)
  • Professor Simon Burrows (Convener, SoHCA, Western Sydney University)
  • Professor Anthony Uhlmann (Writing & Society Group, Western Sydney University)
  • Mr Michael Gonzalez (Western Sydney University Library).
  • Dr Anne Jamieson (SoHCA, Western Sydney University)
  • Dr Matthew McGuire (Writing & Society Group, Western Sydney University)
  • Associate Professor Sara Knox (SoHCA, Western Sydney University)
  • Dr Helen Bones (SoHCA, Western Sydney University)
  • Professor Martyn Lyons (Emeritus Professor of History & European Studies, University of New South Wales)
  • Ms Kerry Kilner (Director, AustLit: the Australian Literary Gateway, University of Queensland)
  • Dr Simone Murray (National Centre for Australian Studies & Centre for the Book, Monash University)
  • Dr Julieanne Lamond (School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, Australian National University)
  • Professor David Carter (Chair of the AustLit Board and Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History, University of Queensland)
  • Richard Neville (Mitchell Librarian, State Library of New South Wales)

Start planning your trip and counting all those frequent flyer miles. (But we’ll see you first in Victoria, BC, for SHARP 2017.)


Report on Digitizing Enlightenment Symposium

The Digitizing Enlightenment Symposium was held from 12-13 July, 2016 at Western Sydney University. Convened with the collaboration of  Glenn Roe (ANU), the Digitizing Enlightenment Symposium brought together venerable and youthful, big and small, personal and collaborative digital humanities projects that focused on 18th-century France. The meeting preceded the “launch” of the ARC project “Mapping Print, Charting Enlightenment” at Western Sydney University during the 20th George Rudé Seminar.

Along with Glenn Roe, Simon Burrows, Jason Ensor, and Katie McDonough welcomed participants for the first instance of a series of meetings for scholars who engage with DH as they study and teach the French 18th century.

Simon Burrows presenting on plans for FBTEE 3.0

Day one included presentations from the major 18th c. French DH projects such as ARTFL, Electronic Enlightenment, Mapping the Republic of Letters, the Comédie Française Registers Project (with its predecessor CESAR), and the French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe.

We continued with introductions to new projects such as Alicia Montoya’s “Middlebrow Enlightenment”/MEDIATE and a digital edition of all 18th c. French romanesque works (the third generation, if you will, of this work).

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Research Associate positions with FBTEE

We are pleased to announce that two Research Associate positions in Digital Humanities are currently available with FBTEE’s new Australian Research Council-funded Mapping Print, Charting Enlightenment project at Western Sydney University.

The successful applicants will work on either:

(1) a sub-project lasting 24 months entitled: ‘The Illegal Book Trade Revisited’. The role will involve in interpreting, recording and analysing a wide range of statistical materials on the illegal book trade; editing and standardisation of digital research data; and taxonomic classification of books (Position Ref 2228/15).

(2) a sub-project lasting 18 months entitled: ‘Mapping the French Novel: An Experiment in Academic Crowd-Sourcing’. The role will include designing and leading a six-month experiment in crowd-sourcing; identification and digital curation of key sources; editing and standardisation of digital research data; taxonomic classification of books; and data entry and data analysis. (Position Ref 2227/15)

The successful applicants will also participate in the project’s programme of workshops, symposia and international conferences, both in speaking and organisational roles. They will also contribute to the publication of digital and traditional research outputs. These will include both individual and team outputs.

There is a possibility of a relocation package as per the university’s relocation policy.

Full advertisements and further particulars are available at the University’s recruitment page at

The positions have been advertised on various academic listservs and recruitment sites. Applications close on 30 January 2016.

NB. Anyone wishing to apply for both posts needs to complete a separate application for each position.


FBTEE greets the Prime Minister

FBTEE and Western Sydney featured prominently in a major exhibition on the Digital Humanities put on at the CHASS (Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences) 2015 National Forum in Melbourne this month, and opened by no lesser person than the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull.

Of the 24 projects from around Australia featuring on exhibition boards, no less than nine featured projects from Western Sydney University, confirming the status of Western Sydney’s Digital Humanities Research Group status as a premier national DH research cluster.

For more on our activities and feature projects, consult the DHRG website.